Peter Bye

Four days after the EU referendum in 2016, I posted a piece in which I reflected on some of the problems the UK would face in building a new relationship with Brussels[1]. I had no special insight; what I said just seemed to me to be fairly obvious. For example, I believed that negotiations with… » read more

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Ill-defined words or phrases can lead to serious consequences. Here’s an example from IT, which I know well. In the early 1980s, the IT world started talking about ‘legacy systems’, that is, systems which were currently running within their owners’ organisations, and possibly due for renewal. The word ‘legacy’ was used in a largely negative… » read more

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Society in the UK and the USA is fragmenting into extremes, leaving little room for the middle ground and threatening liberal democracy. Other countries are also experiencing some polarisation, but, as countries that like to see themselves as bastions of democracy, the UK and USA stand out. There are of course differences in the sources… » read more

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Kakistocracy revisted

In September 2017, I posted a blog called The rise of the kakistocracy[1] . As I explained there, the word means government by the worst, the most stupid, ignorant and unqualified people. It wasn’t hard to find examples then, such as Venezuela and Zimbabwe, to name just two; it’s even easier today, unfortunately. In 2017,… » read more

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A sense of perspective

As I write, the political parties in the UK are beginning their campaigns for a general election, to be held on the 12th December. It’s the first December general election since 1923; December elections are generally avoided because of the weather and small amounts of daylight. The past few weeks have seen the government agree… » read more

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Since the referendum, we have heard from many leavers and some remainers that the vote was democratic and we must respect it. In recent weeks, the attitude of the Brexiteers has become somewhat shrill. We are told that the vote represents the will of the people[1]. There is increasing pressure for a second vote with… » read more

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